Dr. Kaitlin Harkess
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). I am a Medicare provider and maintain registration with the Australian Psychological Society.
My experience as a psychologist includes working on Community Mental Health teams with complex presentations in a variety of populations – youths, adults and older persons. I am skilled in providing evidence-based interventions for individuals experiencing chronic stress, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties.
I am passionate about supporting individuals as they cultivate healthful and meaningful lives. Utilising an embodied approach, I provide a range of evidence-based interventions that assist clients as they develop their strengths and overcome challenges. These interventions include Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-based approaches. I am also interested in the role of mind-body practices such as yoga in mental health and am the Convener for the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology and Yoga Interest Group.
I completed my clinical training and PhD at the University of Adelaide and was awarded First-Class Honours in Health Sciences, a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, and an Australian Psychological Society prize that recognises excellence in performance and is awarded to students who perform at the top of their class.
In my down time, I enjoy being outdoors communing with nature and spending time with friends and animals. I am a qualified Meditation Teacher and Senior Yoga Instructor, and I prioritise time in meditation and on my yoga mat – self-care is both helpful and beneficial, when I am balancing my busy schedule!